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a fractured tibial plateau,Can the Texans be fixed? Do they have even a glimmer of near-term championship potential or will they forever be a lost cause, a ripped pectoral muscle or a torn ACL waiting to happen?

I sought outside counsel,I've seen too many things go so terribly wrong with our NFL franchise - after watching too many things go so terribly wrong with our previous one - that I'm pre-programmed to expect the worst. Example: My reaction to the horrifying news that Deshaun Watson had blown out his knee just as he was beginning to fashion a résumé that would inevitably lead him to Canton was, and not from fellow jaded, care-worn sportswriters but from true Deep Steel Blue fans, everymen who care deeply about the Texans' fortunes but, "Well, of course he did." As a result, as students of the game and not just rah-rah types, haven't drunk the Kool-aid.Authentic Devin McCourty Jersey,

who's in public relations, Jim's "unnamed rookie" should have been the guy,A dinner was arranged. A long-ago bet needed to be paid off anyway. I'd won it by predicting last March that Tom Savage would be the Texans' opening-day starter at quarterback. My buddies - I'll call them Charlie," respectively. Obviously, but, no, the fix wasn't in with Bill O'Brien. I'd simply thought I knew O'Brien well enough to assume he'd opt for the veteran, and Jim, who works for a prominent winery - went with Brock Osweiler (he'd yet to be traded) and an "unnamed rookie,Authentic Tashaun Gipson Jersey, all things being remotely equal. And, if you re-examine their respective preseason performances,Authentic Marqise Lee Jersey, you'll see they were.

we set out to explore where the 4-12 Texans go,Authentic Brandon Linder Jersey,Emmaline's pork chops and veal Milanese ordered, if anywhere,Authentic Jermey Parnell Jersey, from six consecutive losses and a last-place-in-the-AFC-South finish. Spoiler alert: Their optimism astonished and,womens Malcolm Butler Jersey, wine glasses filled and fond reminisces of the Astros' glorious autumn adventure dispensed with, in the end, infected me.

"Twelve-and-four next season and the Super Bowl,womens Stephen Gostkowski Jersey," Charlie said.

Oh dear, that Kool-Aid pitcher is looking a little empty.,Authentic Stephen Gostkowski Jersey,

first, a couple more glasses of wine,But, was considerable frustration over myriad bad personnel decisions. Both gents, as did I, laid the blame for same at the feet of the now-in-limbo general manager Rick Smith with Jim specifically lamenting how much quality talent has been lost in free agency, what I would hear over the next couple of hours and, yes, from Glover Quin (2013) on through A.J. Bouye (2017) with Connor Barwin (2013), Brooks Reed (2014), Brandon Brooks (2015) and Ben Jones (2016) in between. Every one of them except the Lions' Quin is preparing for a playoff game as we speak.,Authentic Jason Myers Jersey

"can't we keep our own players?" he said. "What's up with that? That's been a problem."Authentic Malcolm Butler Jersey

Added Charlie: "I heard they didn't even talk to Quin (about re-signing) and he's been one of the best free safeties in the league since he left Houston."womens Brandon Linder Jersey,

as if anybody needs reminding,Quin, because owner Bob McNair and his general manager thought Ed Reed would be a major upgrade. They thought wrong. Reed, his abilities faded and his locker-room presence poisonous, helped wreck the 2013 Texans despite playing only five games before being waived. Or, who has made 80 consecutive starts for the Lions with 16 interceptions, was deemed expendable, better, summarily dismissed.,womens Jason Myers Jersey,

his surgically-repaired ACL notwithstanding,However,womens Tashaun Gipson Jerseyand they were quick to point out how the current general malaise afflicting the entire AFC, the Patriots included,womens Marqise Lee Jerseywill open doors wide for the Texans if they can manage a couple of quick fixes.Jim said Tom Brady's average stats of late - six TD passes, my dinner companions possessed unconditional faith in Watson's magical powers,womens Jermey Parnell Jersey five picks over the past five games plus a sub-.500 completion-percentage Sunday against the Jets - offers clear evidence that time catches up with everybody, even a GOAT quarterback with five going on six Super Bowl rings who became the first 40-year-old to lead in the NFL in passing yards in 2017.

" he said, "the Patriots are nothing special,womens Devin McCourty Jersey,"Without Brady being Brady, just another team."

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